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Location

Junagadh

Duration

4D/3N

35,000 38,000

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35,000₹ 38,000

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Overview

3 nights and 4 days of a wildlife photography expedition to one of India’s oldest sanctuaries, and the sole home of the Asiatic lions – Sasan Gir.

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About The Tour

About Gir

Gir is one of India’s oldest sanctuaries, the only place in India to see Asiatic Lion. Gujarat Rajwara is the last remaining abode of the Asiatic Lion, Panthera leo persica. The Government of Gujarat has declared an area of 1412.1 sq km as Protected Area (PA), which comprises 258.7 sq km as National Park and 1153.4 sq km as Sanctuary. Besides this 470.5 sq km of forest area forms a buffer Zone as reserve, protected and unclassified forest. Thus, a total area of 1882.6 sq km makes up the Gir forest.

Ecological importance

Gir has evolved to host a very stable ecosystem with tremendous regenerating, self-supporting and self-sustaining capacity due to its richness of biodiversity: 606 different plant species, 39 species of mammals, 37 species of reptiles and over 300 species of birds and more than 2,000 species of insects. A breeding ground for migratory birds, the avifauna of Gir includes a variety of raptors and many other significant species, including Lesser Florican, Osprey, Indian Pitta, Red-headed Vulture, etc. It also supports a variety of reptiles, including the Indian python and the Indian star tortoise, and possibly one of the highest populations of Marsh crocodile in the country. Gir also has one of the densest concentrations of leopards in India.

Asiatic lion habitat, distribution, and population

The Asiatic lion's habitat is dry scrub land and open deciduous forest. These lions were once found across northern Africa, south west Asia and northern Greece. The population has steadily increased since 2010. In May 2015, the 14th Asiatic Lion Census was conducted over an area of about 20,000 km2 (7,700 sq mi); the lion population was estimated at 523 individuals, comprising 109 adult males, 201 adult females and 213 cubs. In August 2017, surveyors counted 650 wild lions. In June 2020, an estimation exercise counted 674 Asiatic lions in the Gir forest region, an increase of 29% over the 2015 census figure.

Note:

There are 8 routes in Gir Forest which are used for Safari Drives. Route allocation is on roaster basis and allocation of routes to every gypsy is at the discretion of Forest Officials. It may so happens that one of our group may get different route than other.

Quick Information

Route:

Ex Sasan Gir

Start Point:

Sasan Gir

Duration:

3 nights 4 days

End Point:

Sasan Gir

Inclusions

  • 3 nights and 4 days of wildlife photography expedition to Sasan Gir
  • One of India’s oldest sanctuaries, and the sole home of the Asiatic lions
  • Accommodation and food for 3 nights and 4 days
  • Local transport for commuting
  • DCP Panel Experts for all days.

Experts

How To Reach

Rajkot is the nearest airport. From Rajkot, you can take a cab to reach Sasan Gir.

Take a train to Rajkot or Junagadh. From there, you can take a cab to reach Sasan Gir.

Rajkot is the nearest airport. From Rajkot, you can take a cab to reach Sasan Gir.

Getting Ready

Things to carry:

1. Telephoto lenses – preferably above 300 mm.
2. Wide angle lenses – preferably ultra-wide
3. Carry fully charged batteries for your camera.
4. Carry battery charger. Carry extra pack of camera batteries.
5. Carry backup memory cards / HDD storage drives, Laptop.
6. Carrying a Tripod is a must for all bird photography workshops.
7. A bean bag is must as many a times we will be shooting out from the vehicle window.
8. Carry a big towel / cloth to protect your gear from dust.
9. Carry a big cloth / bandanna / scarf to protect you from dust.
10. Warm clothes, gloves for the chilly early mornings.
11. Sun screens are very important.
12. It is advisable to carry basic first aid along with you.
13. Please carry suitable mosquito repellants to keep you protected from mosquito bites.
14. Carry a pair of good binoculars.

Equipment available on rental - please mail us at rentals@dcpexpeditions.com.

Itinerary

We recommend you arrive at Rajkot Rly station / Airport (10 AM) and travel to Gir from there via cab / car pooling or we can arrange for your pick and drop on request (Not included in package cost). Rajkot to Gir distance is 168 KM and can be covered in around 3 hours. We are expected to reach hotel 1-1:30PM. As soon as we check in, get fresh and gather in dining hall for lunch. After having lunch, we will meet at 2:30 PM in hotel reception area. Our jeeps will be ready to take us for 1st Safari. Once the forest formalities are completed, we will start our first safari (Kindly carry your identity cards with you on all your safaris). We will be back in hotel around 7 PM. Dinner at hotel.

Wake up and gather at reception at 6AM. After having tea, proceed for our second game drive. Return to hotel around 10, finish breakfast. Enjoy leisure time till lunch. After lunch we will have our third safari. Dinner at hotel

Wake up early to begin our last safari of the trip. Have breakfast after we return from our last Safari. Pack your bags and get prepared for departure. After early lunch, our car will be ready to drop us back to Rajkot Station / Airport.


Field Learnings

On-field learning from the experts is said to be one of the best methods of improving your skill-set. Our expert will hand hold you at every possible step for a better understanding of perspectives, camera controls and how to make use of the best opportunities to get better images. The training will focus on the following

1. How to approach wildlife in the field
2. Different modes of shooting (Av / A, Tv / S, M and P)
3. Exposure control in field under difficult light conditions
4. Mastering metering techniques (Spot, partial, center weighted, evaluative)
5. Mastering auto focus, focusing points, AF locking and focus tracking for moving subjects
6. How to get sharp images of moving subjects
7. Framing and composition in the field
8. Ethics in Wildlife Photography

Image processing workshop

To maximize and complete your photographic learning, join our evening session of informal discussions on digital image processing. Our Expert will work on few of his own images or a few of yours (which you have clicked during the day) and demonstrate various techniques of image processing to give a final shape to your artwork. The following will be discussed

  • RAW files processing
  • Histogram and exposure control
  • Colour correction methods
  • Cropping and image resizing
  • Sharpening, cloning, dodging and burning
  • Noise reduction
  • Composition

Package Cost

Rs 35,000 per head inclusive of all taxes 
*To know charges for foreign nationals please write to info@dcpexpeditions.com

Though the travel to Rajkot is not included in the package, however, we can assist you in booking train tickets, provided you confirm early based on the availability.

Cost includes

  1. AC Deluxe Room stay in one of the known resorts of Gir forest on twin Sharing basis with all meals
  2. 6 Safaris (3 Morning and 3 Evening) including Guide and Driver, pick up and drop from Resort, only 4 adults in a Jeep basis
  3. Naturalist charges
  4. All applicable taxes

Cost does not include:

  1. Pick up and drop from/to Rajkot Railway Station/Airport
  2. Camera Fees as charged by forest officials (our team leader will share the details with you based on actual rates prevailing at the time of safari)
  3. Any Tips or offerings to Hotel staff or Safari Guide/Driver etc
  4. Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours, water, extra meals, bottled water, soft drinks and any other beverages ordered.
  5. Travel from your hometown-Rajkot-home town
  6. All expenses of personal nature
  7. Insurance, laundry and phone calls.
  8. Anything that is not included in the inclusions mentioned above

Map

Sasan Gir


Policies

Cancellation policy

  • All cancellations before 30 days of the event date - 100% credit
  • All cancellations between 20 - 30 days of the event date - 50% credit
  • All cancellations within 20 days of the event date - No credit possible 

FAQ's

There are very limited twin sharing accommodation available. Please mail us to know availability

Yes certainly. However, the cost will remain the same



Reviews

5   1 Ratings & 1 Reviews

A great experience especially with Dr Ceasar, Panelist Ashutosh and all the group members. very well organised. Good Sighting of Asiatic Lions and other species.

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  • Ravindra Samant
  • 4, Dec 2023 06:43:42 pm